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Lionel Barrymore plays Scrooge in a 1938 radio presentation of the holiday favorite by Orson Welles' Mercury Theater, offered in Real Audio by Deming Radio in New Mexico. A minute-long station promo and a 1938 vintage plug for sponsor Campbell's Soup precede the show, but it's worth the wait. Barrymore's Scrooge was an annual Christmas institution on radio in the '30s and '40s, and you hear in his miser a near relative to Mister Potter. (Compare "Bah, humbug" to "Happy New Year to you – in jail!")
Plus: See brief bios of Alastair Sim here and here, and the Amazon page on Sim's Scrooge. And novelist Andrew Klavan writes of his (and my) two must-see Christmas films, the 1951 Scrooge and It's a Wonderful Life.